A McDonald’s employee reportedly left a homeless man ‘in tears’ when he was alleged to have poured Coca Cola on him outside a branch of the fast food outlet.
The alleged incident happened next to the McDonald’s drive-through at The Rock Retail Park by Green Lane in Birkenhead on the morning of Tuesday, September 21. Tracy Martindale, 53, arrived around 11am to see the homeless man ‘in tears’ talking to the fast food outlet’s duty manager (not the accused employee).
Tracy, a bus driver from Upton, was “fuming” when she learned from them what had happened. She told the Liverpool Echo: “It’s so bad. You don’t do that to another human being, whether they’re beggars or not. You just don’t. I was fuming. I was bouncing.” Tracy added: “I can’t see people do that to other people.”
After speaking to the homeless man Tracy went the other side of Birkenhead Park to buy new clothes for him. But the manager of Koala Charity Shop Claughton, Mandy Edwards, gave the coat, trousers, jumper and top to her for free.
Mandy told the Echo: “I said ‘No, it’s fine to just take them’, because that’s awful what they did to him. So we donated the clothes and said, ‘just take them, that’s fine’. They haven’t got much dignity anyway. They’re trying to keep their dignity, and then someone throws a thing of Coca Cola all over them. It’s awful, isn’t it?”
Speaking of when she returned to the homeless man with fresh clothes, Tracy said: “He was nearly crying. Oh my god, he couldn’t believe that somebody was doing that for him. It was what he needed at the time.”
A spokesperson for McDonald’s told the Echo: “We are aware of this allegation and are investigating this as a matter of urgency.”